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The following front-page stories received the most comments during the preceding week.

A white nationalist rally in the heart of Washington drew around 20 demonstrators and hundreds of chanting counterprotesters on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. A large police presence kept the two sides separated in Lafayette Square, in front of the White House. After roughly two hours and a few speeches, the "Unite the Right 2" rally ended early when it began to rain and two police vans escorted the demonstrators back to Virginia.

Wednesday night, MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow aired audio leaked from a fundraiser hosted by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-WA) reelection campaign. Per Maddow, the audio was obtained by a progressive group called "Fuse Washington" and comes from a closed-door, private event for donors in Spokane. read more

The FBI has fired Peter Strzok, an agent who was removed from the Russia probe last year for sending text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok's lawyer said Monday. Aitan Goelman, Strzok's attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich ordered the agent's termination on Friday. Goelman said that the deputy director's decision comes after the head of the office that normally handles disciplinary actions decided Strzok should instead face a demotion and 60-day suspension. read more

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may have just handed Republicans a ready-made campaign ad for his rumored 2020 presidential bid -- by declaring Wednesday that America "was never that great." The Democratic star made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during a New York speech. But the line drew gasps from the crowd. "We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great," Cuomo said, to an awkward blend of gasps and chuckles. "We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman's full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution," he said. read more

A BBC team flew over the disputed South China Sea islands in a US military plane. Notice 2 things ... the islands are now a lot bigger. And the warning tone is getting aggressive. read more

Robert Reich: The biggest threat to our democracy that nobody is talking about is the real possibility of a rogue Constitutional convention -- empowering extremists to radically reshape the Constitution, our laws, and our country. If just a few more states sign on to what's called an "Article V convention" for a balanced budget amendment, there's no limit to the damage they might do.

President Donald Trump has revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday. Sanders said Trump has a "unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information." Brennan has been an outspoken critic of Trump. read more

A controversial new paper argues that universes with dark energy profiles like ours do not exist in the "landscape" of universes allowed by string theory. read more

An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes, during the world's largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said. More than 30 children hacked a variety of other similar state replica websites in under a half hour. ... Nico Sell, the co-founder of the the non-profit r00tz Asylum, which teaches children how to become hackers and helped organize the event, said an 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica website in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes found there.

Senior American national security officials, seeking to prevent President Trump from upending a formal policy agreement at last month's NATO meeting, pushed the military alliance's ambassadors to complete it before the forum even began. The rushed machinations to get the policy done, as demanded by John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, have not been previously reported. Described by European diplomats and American officials, the efforts are a sign of the lengths to which the president's top advisers will go to protect a key and longstanding international alliance from Mr. Trump's unpredictable antipathy. Allied ambassadors said the American officials' plan worked -- to a degree.


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